Halloween will be here before you know it, so here are a few quick safety tips for you to remember, whether you’re staying home or trick-or-treating with your kids.
If you’re a homeowner expecting trick-or-treaters:
1. Make sure your walkway and/or porch is well-lit so kids can reach your door safely.
2. Keep your pets out of sight. Oftentimes, pets can get stressed out seeing so many strangers coming to the door, so keep them in a separate room to make sure they don’t make a lot of noise or scare anyone.
3. Park your car(s) in the garage. This ensures trick-or-treaters will have enough room to get to your front door.
4. If you’re carving pumpkins, put flameless LED candles inside them instead of regular candles. This way, if any of them get accidentally knocked over, you don’t have a loose flame burning.
Finding a neighborhood that has sidewalks means you won’t have to walk in the streets.
If you plan on trick-or-treating:
1. Find a neighborhood that has sidewalks. As we know, it usually gets dark when we’re trick-or-treating, so finding a neighborhood that has sidewalks means you won’t have to walk in the streets. You might even consider sticking some reflective tape on your jacket or your kids’ costumes just to make sure cars can see you. This brings me to my next tip...
2. Use crosswalks. Don’t just dart across the road to get to the next home.
3. Carry a flashlight. Some driveways may be extremely long and not feature enough light to get to the front door, so having a flashlight can come in handy in this case.
4. If your kids are old enough to go out on their own, remind them not to enter any strangers’ houses.
5. Be mindful of what people give to your kids. You never know—someone might put a food item in their goody bag that’s not inappropriate to share once they get home.
If you’re neither staying in nor trick-or-treating but you still plan on being out and about during Halloween night, be extra careful when driving. There will be a lot of kids walking around, so be mindful of your surroundings and drive the speed limit.
I hope these tips help you have a safe and happy Halloween. If you have any other questions about this or any real estate topic, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to help you.